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I'm here with my man Andy way have our first very first session, very first of the coach's Corner.
And today we're gonna break down R J Barrett in the way that we think Tom Thibodeau will use R. J. Barrett.
So without further ado, let me get my God, Andy over here on the screen.
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We're gonna go ahead and get busy talk about R. J.
How we think Tom Thibodeau was gonna use them So, Andy, before we even get to it, let's talk a little bit about R. J.
Barrett, Tom Thibodeau and how you think Tom Thibodeau is gonna use R.
Barrett this up? Converse's well due to his lack off three point shooting and more off two point game.
Maybe a little bit more to the back to the basket and stuff like that. Mid range.
I see him go looking like, um, from the from tips.
Former place probably is gonna be like Jimmy Butler.
Uh, he's going to challenge him, probably to be the one of the one of the maybe not not the captain's, but maybe a future captain Future role model for for the young guys.
I think he's gonna prove him to be that that star for for the Knicks.
So I'm guessing he's gonna pick the Jimmy both around for for RJ For us? Yeah, I agree with you.
I think that he will use him similar to the way that he used Jimmy Butler.
I think that, you know, it's gonna It's gonna be a little while maybe another year or two before R.
Barrett fully grows into ah mature leadership role I think you know he's 19 years old.
You gotta grow into it.
Excuse me, right? You gotta learn what it's like to be a leader.
You know, I'm not saying he doesn't have those natural abilities.
I'm just saying you gotta grow into it a little bit.
You know, You gotta grow.
You gotta build that confidence to be able to tell your teammates older teammates go here, go there, do this, do that, you know, and and express your opinion in those type of things.
So that would be easy if he had the full, you know that the skills that would be that developed, that he would be way better than the old guys.
But you know how how it's in the n B a right can be, You know, a top star.
He's not the local type of player.
When he rose in, he just can, you know, put guys into places, but he's going to get there.
I believe so, Yeah, I think so, too.
But listen, you know, there's a few areas that I think he that he showed us last year where he could really excel, and I think Tom Thibodeau has been looking over a lot of tape, and I think there's gonna be some specific areas in some specific ways that Tom Thibodeau looks to use R.
Some of them are very much like the way that he used Jimmy Butler.
But we're gonna focusing because they games are kind of similar, but also a little bit different because off, you know, body size and structure and stuff like that.
So I think you know, R. J.
Barrett might be used a little bit differently, but I think the concepts are gonna be the same, and they're gonna do some similar stuff.
Uh, I do believe that R.
Barrett has the same kind of dog mentality that Jimmy Butler has.
Barrett is a dream for Tom Thibodeau.
If I can have one thing only, uh, difference between Jimmy and RJ.
Only the situation.
Because when Jimmy came to the to the Bulls, he was he was starting from the bench role, right? I don't think it was gonna start, you know, argue from the bench.
He's already that way ahead, right? But he also is missing the mentors that Jimmy had, right? If you saw a few interviews of butter, he was always praising, you know, the Lord Deng and his his, you know, vets for making him the player he's now and r j is not gonna have that, you know, with him at this point.
And even if if they will try to bring a pet for him, it's not gonna be the type off, you know, that that's gonna put him to the bench and let the bed play the starting minutes.
So But that's gonna be the difference.
And just let's hold that he's he's gonna develop just as nicely or even faster than yeah.
Yeah, hopefully, I mean, you see what Jimmy is doing in Miami now, you know what I mean? Now, look, here's a few areas.
The first area that I e don't want to say area, but one of the ways that I think he's gonna use R.
Barrett and what I noticed throughout the season when I hope Tom Thibodeau notices and I think he probably will.
Barrett plays very well when he's on the move.
When he's moving without the ball.
Hey, does a good job creating space from his defenders.
He does a good job of catching the ball and making a quick move to the basket.
All right, so I'm gonna bring a video over.
We could break this down.
Let's take a look at it.
Okay? We gotta keep R. J.
Barrett on the move, and I think that's what Tom Thibodeau was going to do, right? So let's take a look at the video and let me just check my screen real quick and make sure that you guys can hear me well enough.
So we're gonna go ahead and we're gonna get right into this.
So let Z we're gonna we're gonna start the video.
And on this right here, this particular possession Julius Randle, it's gonna hand the ball off the RJ.
So are they can go to the basket.
So let's get it moving.
All right? And you see it here, Julius Randle hands the ball off the RJ RJ Boom.
Takes it to the basket.
Right? Just an example right there of how he's on the move again.
You're gonna see in this possession here, and I know it's moving a little bit fast.
You can see in this possession here, O j goes back door.
Julius Randle finds him going back door.
Let me rewind it just a bit because I wanna look at the first one again.
I know we move kind of fast.
You know, the video just jumped right in there on me.
So I want to rewind it just a little bit.
And then we can look at it again.
All right, So you see, Julius Randle has the ball.
He's on the move. He knows automatically.
What's about to happen at Julius.
Randle is gonna hand the ball off to him, so he's looking forward.
Boom! Handoff goes to the basket.
He's got a strong body and he can finish that here again.
Julius Randle was looking for R. J.
Barrett. This time, he's not close enough for a handoff.
So he's looking to see What is R. J.
Barrett Gonna do is you're gonna pop out to the top of the key if his defender lays back off of him or if his defender overplays and plays too high is gonna go back door.
All right, so let's take a look boom defender stays high.
Bear goes back door dunk.
I just take a look at a couple other times, bear it across the land from Damion Dotson.
And then here you go, Elfrid Payton And I want to rewind this one.
Ladies and gentlemen, real quick.
I didn't mean to start it over.
Let's get it back, Thio.
Elfrid! Payton! Let's get it back up there.
Let this play finished through.
All right? Stop here.
I didn't mean to say ever Peyton to the past from Elfrid Payton.
So let's take a look at the spacing here because one of the things that we always talk about when it comes to R.
Barrett is that we need spacing.
So let's take a look to see what's on the screen.
You get my laser pointer up here.
All right, So you see Alfred, Peyton has the ball here.
Julius Randle is coming for this screen.
All right? You got Reggie Bullock here.
You got Taj Gibson playing down low.
He's probably going from box the box and you got R J. Baird over in the corner.
Peyton being a point guard, you know, he's gonna have to look.
He's got to see and know where everybody is, but we're not focusing on Elfrid Payton. Right now.
We're focusing on R. J.
All right, so let's play it a little bit.
Elfrid Payton comes off Now let's take a look.
Let's see what R.
J. Barrett sees Elfrid Payton, for one.
He sees that Julius Randle is here.
Does he want to kick it back to Julius? Randle Depends on what the defense is doing.
Because Julius Randle's man came off from you got a three point shooter over here in the corner and Reggie Bullock his defenders right here.
That's probably not gonna be a past that you wanna make or you could make the past, but it's not gonna be an open shot.
You got Taj Gibson in this short corner here.
All right, his defenders right here, now Alfred. Peyton.
He's got to see that RJ Barrett's man has played really high and are, and he allowed R J Barrett to be behind them. R.
Barrett recognizes this, and this is, you know, ah, cardinal rule of defense.
You don't let your man get behind.
You know what I'm saying? You got to see where that man is.
Even if Julius Randle gets to this spot, you got two defenders right here.
One of them has to get the Julius Randle.
You don't let your guy get behind you.
Whoever this is, I can't see who it is. Let R.
Barrett get behind them both. R J.
Barrett and effort paid.
What happens? Backdoor RJ for the don't.
That right there.
Ladies and gentlemen, R J. Barrett on the move.
That is one thing.
I think Tom Thibodeau is gonna do a great job of having R. J. Barrett.
Stay on the move, right? Constantly moving without the basketball.
Now, somebody is gonna have to be on R J.
Barrett, right? He's gonna have to recognize like he recognized in that last play.
He recognized that his man was up above him up too high, so he went back door, I offer.
Peyton found the back door for the dunk.
He's gonna have to recognize those type of things, what she did.
And I think he will.
I think that Tom Thibodeau will do a good job putting R J.
Barrett in situations so that he gets easy dunks like that. Easy layups.
And he's moving off the ball without the basketball.
What do you think, Andy? Yeah, I totally agree with you.
One thing that you're going to see that is gonna be different between, you know, last year and this season is gonna be the screens.
You're going to see how things is gonna make the big guys set screens.
And, like, how do you call them? Like him? A little bit, You know, they're gonna be longer.
They're not gonna be.
No, just just a fast screen and slip screen.
If our if If Julius did those screens a little bit for just a split second longer, both off those situations, like the first one that he no left the ball for for R J.
And he cut to the basket, he argued, would have more space, even with the Alfred Peyton Pass.
Also, if he would, you know, keep trying on his hip.
Alfred would have space to do anything else, because that was a plane.
You know, bad defense from from from Archie's guy, right.
You have to be between the guy between our guy and the basket.
If that will be played correct.
Alfred would be going downhill and going probably nowhere, because there was crowded in the paint, so that that would be a bad situation.
But what if Julius had, you know, trade young on his hip? He had the mismatch help.
It could, you know, help help himself out.
You know, off the bad situation just to passing Julius, you know, up to the, you know, the key, the top of the key.
Because he was way bigger, right? So he would say that that turnover off his probably that's that would be, you know, happening.
But if you if you just, you know, think about it longer screens, they're gonna happen and tips.
That's why he's gonna be able to cut off.
You know, RJ on those, you know, screen plays.
And I think that I think you're right.
Right longer screens, more screens, um, multiple screens.
And also using RJ in screening scenarios where he's setting the screen.
But it helps him thio pop free, right? Uh, create open lanes because the next syriza clips, I'm gonna show you r J.
That's a really good job off attacking the open lane.
Recognizing that the lane is there and then attacking it right.
He does a really good job and he doesn't take a lot of dribbles to do it.
You see so many players, you know, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop and then attack pop, pop, pop, pop and then go on.
By the time that happens, everyone standing around watching are there.
There's a good job of attacking with one dribble.
Every once in a while, he might get into a dribbling fit.
That's gonna happen with young players, but I think it does a good job of attacking the lanes, attacking the open lanes, right? So I believe that Tom Thibodeau is gonna do like you said, you know, have him coming off a double double screens, second longest screens for R. J.
And doing some things that opened up the lanes for him.
Because we're gonna look at some clips where the lanes weren't fully open.
They were kind of open but not fully open yet.
Still, he was able to get to the basket.
Now just imagine if those lanes are wide open because the spacing is correct.
And I'm not talking about spacing as faras shooting and knocking down a shot.
I mean, spacing this where you're standing on the floor, You know what I'm saying? Um, because all they can attack those lanes.
So let Z take a look.
Create creating open lanes for quick moves for R.
And I think Tom Thibodeau will do this this season.
Barrett, it's helped him to create open lanes.
So on this first clip, you're gonna see R.
J. Barrett going to set a screen for Morris.
Then he's gonna pop out to the three point line.
Morris is gonna make a swing, a quick swing, The R J.
Barrett Boom, RJ Barrett's gonna fly to the basket.
Okay, so let's just look real quick at where everyone is.
Okay? Here you see Dennis Smith Jr.
In this area, in my opinion, you know, he needs to be a little bit wider out, okay, But you see, R J.
Barrett right now coming over to set the screen for Marcus Morris.
All right? And then Marcus Morris is gonna pop out, get the basketball.
Barrett is gonna pop out the ball is gonna be swung.
Tow R J Barrett.
Alright, so let's take a look at it.
Marcus Morris Boom! The ball is swung.
Barrett Go to the basket and he hands it off to Mitch.
Alright, let's bring that back for just a second.
Just look at it again.
And then, if you notice look how long the RG screen is, right? If you look it's a split second longer than than no, then Julie's Sarandos screens and and that makes the you know the difference here.
Yes, because right, because when you set those longer screens good screens, it's a little bit tougher for those for the defenders to get over. Defenders.
Gotta fight over the screens, right? So let's take it back.
Let's take it back and look at the screen a little bit on when he sets that screen, we'll take it back here.
So you see, boom.
You see him? Setting a good screen is not slipping yet, right? It's not sleeping yet.
He's allowing Marcus Morris to go over the screen.
Yeah, he can react depending on what the defender is gonna dio.
He can react or he's going to drive or he's going to step up and shoot and whatever right? He has the time, right? Exactly.
And he's allowed Marcus Morris.
He's allowing to play to go through before he makes any kind of a move.
All right, so now let's play it through.
Marcus Morris catches it, Bang.
You see him swinging it to R. J. Barrett.
Now you see, now you see Dennis Smith Jr out here to this three point line right now, he moved out to the three point line, and he's and and and he's going to start to fade down towards this corner.
Me, I would like to see that fade happened a little bit quicker, as this ball is being passed is when I would like to see him fading down to this corner.
Right, because then you know you know his defender.
Look where his defenders watching R.
Barrett, his defenders watching this action, then the Smiths studio.
If he phase down to this corner, he's wide open.
Barrett gets this ball, bam the passes there.
Or maybe he fakes the pass and goes to the basket, and it's a wider open lane for all J bird.
Ah, wider open lane and and that's one of the things I was talking about earlier.
You gotta find ways to have a wider open lane for R. J. Barrett.
Because if you know, if there was someone else like a sugar instead of Dennis Smith Jr Place there, he would be standing still in the corner and just waiting for the ball, the whole, the whole action.
He would he would be standing there still.
And that would spread the court for for, you know, make the lane for R J instead.
Here, you know, he finally he finally dips down.
Dennis Smith Jr finally dips down to the corner, but I think it was a little bit too late.
I think while the ball was being passed, he should have been on the move down to this corner and deeper into the corner.
You see, he stopped here.
I think he should be deeper in this corner over here, right, Because that's gonna allow Morva Lane for R.
In my opinion, it's gonna be a little bit more of a lane for R. J. Barrett.
Uh, let's go ahead and roll it.
Let it play as it is R.
Barrett is through finds Mitch Mix brings it home.
You can see again to stop.
Let's stop this one to bring it back A swell, right? Because again, the spacing isn't great. In my opinion.
Go ahead and bring this forward.
Spacing isn't great.
See? All right, J.
Barrett gets the ball from Alfa.
Peyton? Yeah, and at this point should be right in the corner.
Exactly, according to the basket.
Just making making.
He's got to be cutting.
He's gotta be hitting that corner quick, right? You can't stand and watch the ball to see if the past made it there.
Just worry about your job.
Let them guys do that job.
You worry about your job.
He's got to get to this corner here, right to create more space, because when we let it roll, you're going to see that they're a little bit tight together.
Now, These guys you know, we're not sure whose garden who, right? You see him coming out The r J.
Barrett and then this guy kind of stays down.
Barrett had the option.
He could have passed it Kevin Knox or went to the basket.
So you see here, he gets the ball automatically puts it on the floor to go right automatically puts it on the floor to go.
And this is what we're talking about.
These guys have got to recognize that Kevin Knox should have been deep in this corner already down here to open up that lane for R. J.
I think Tom Thibodeau, you know, will stress those those little nuances that opened up those lanes.
Yeah, and when you look at it, you think it's only a step or two, right? But that's that's a couple of feet off the defender, you know.
You know sideways.
Either way, even with this here back, you know, not so good spacing. R.
Let me get back to it.
Let me go back to it.
I mean, why did I think I e think I skipped? I think I skipped.
Oh, here we go. There we go.
There we go. There we go. Sorry about that, guys.
Even still, r. J.
He gets to the lane and brings it home.
Even though the spacing isn't perfect here, you're gonna see from the top of the key.
I think that's another area where he's very effective.
Bring it back a little bit.
Right? And even though there's not way, don't have great shooters on the floor.
Okay? You got three guys.
You got four guys that aren't great shooters on the floor, But because of just personnel spacing, not not not shooting personnel spacing.
Barrett with the ball up top.
Julius Randle is not a great shooter is out there.
We already know Mitchell Robinson.
He doesn't even attempt to shoot.
Franklin Latina is not a great shooter, Okay? And what's his name over here? You know he can shoot it. Yeah. Yeah.
More heartless can shoot it.
Alright, but still, look where Frank is.
Frank's way out here.
It's called the Russell Westbrook.
He's got to come out a little bit, all right? James Harden at least has to give some respect to Julius Randle.
Okay? Because Julius Randle can go baseline if Harden steps up.
So he's got to respect them.
All right? Even though he only shoes 27% from the three point line and then Mo Harkless, you got to respect his three point shooting.
All right, but it's not always about the shooting.
A lot of times, it's about where you place yourself on the floor and you see here Mitchell Robinson's gonna come up screen.
RJ Barrett's gonna actually go opposite Oh, well, he takes the screen, goes to the basket, lays it in.
All right, one more time from the top of the key.
Let's see, this time you got R.
Barrett with the ball at the top of the key, right? Kevin Knox running off the side to the wing.
Okay? And hopefully he's ready.
Thio, slide down to this corner.
These corners are so important when it comes to spacing, you should be deep in these corners when you hit the corner.
In my opinion, not up around here, right? That's not the corner not up around here.
That clogs it up.
You should be deep in the corner deep in these corners that causes your man to be down here by the baseline when you're deep in the corner.
All right, so you see, Kevin knocks coming to this corner, see Julius Randle coming up, ready to set the screen, go ahead and let it play.
Boom! He goes opposite the screen Now what's happening? He goes opposite the screen.
He sees the lane.
It was a wide open lane.
These guys, now a panicking like Oh, **** Lane is wide open.
1234 Defenders coming in. Toys R. J.
There's gonna be Mitchell Robinson open here.
You got Kevin Knox is gonna be open here.
Probably won't get the ball back to Randall because there's three defenders here and you've got Elfrid Payton over here in the corner.
We're gonna talk about R.
Barrett being a facilitator as well, because he is a good facilitator to all right, But getting him in some of the screen and roll situations from the top of the key, he could be very effective.
And I think Tom Thibodeau will do that.
And you're gonna see it.
Takes the ball, takes all way.
Lays it in one more time.
You see the quick move to the basket? I want to bring that back.
My players, you know, get mad at me because I don't let the players go through and I stop it and all that kind of stuff, you know, So that's OK.
It's all about teaching this.
I gotta teach them sometimes.
So you see, Julius Randle got the ball here.
You got the ball off of a handoff of Franklin Latina.
He's gonna find R.
Barrett, right? And we're gonna talk about wing posting isolation, you know, isolation on the wing.
You guys, you guys have seen it a couple of times already because I made some mistakes and skipped over to it.
But you're gonna see he's isolated on the wing.
I don't know if Julius Randle recognizes that he's isolated on the wing, but I think it's something that Tom Thibodeau is gonna have.
Thio emphasize, right? Emphasized, because when he's isolated on the wing, he's very good at getting to the basket.
He makes very quick moves, and he's strong any strong, and you're gonna see here.
He catches the ball and he's gone.
There's no playing around trying to shake his defender and all that crazy stuff.
He catches it and he goes to the basket.
All right, this thing is getting me frustrated.
Here we go. Let's see it again.
It's gonna catch it.
Boom, and he's gone right? It's not waiting around, catches it any goals? Mhm.
We gotta open up those lanes for R.
J. Barrett to get to the basket.
You know, we open up those lanes.
I think he'll be very, very successful.
Um, because, you know, he's got a strong body.
He could get to the basket, you know? He's gonna get fouled.
He's gonna go to the foul line.
Tom Thibodeau's gotta find a way.
In my opinion, open up those lanes for R. J. Barrett.
You know, sitting longer screens are way letting players go through.
Players have got to recognize they've got to be able to recognize that R.
Barrett is in that situation, right? Okay, we got R.
J. Barrett isolated on the wing.
You know, Let's get the ball to him.
Yeah, don't don't crowd in there That didn't have space.
So right, exactly.
Let him have space on.
And I think Tom Thibodeau will definitely emphasize that I want to take a look at some wing and post isolation, right? Some wing and post isolation, because I think that he'll be successful and some wing and post isolation, right? We've seen them, you know, from time to time, get the ball in the post and be effective passing out of the post.
I think he could probably do that right, But scoring out of the post, he's effective.
Alright, so let's take a look at some wing and post isolation and where people should be placed on what I think Tom Thibodeau will have been placed.
It may look a little bit better than the way you see it now, though, right, because right now guys just kind of move out the way, and no one's really in a spot that looks like they know what they're doing.
They're just kind of standing there, you know, wherever they're standing, you know there's a way that you can isolate someone toe one side of the floor, and it still looks like you know you're ready to play basketball, you know what I mean? So let's Zika look at it real quick.
We're gonna do wing and post isolation.
So let's move this on over here, all right, right off top.
Let's take a look at it, All right, Let me get myself on the screen before we take a look at it, and then, you know, we'll go ahead and there we go.
All right, let's take a look at it.
And this is what I'm talking about.
How people just look kind of ***abond, you know? I don't know.
You got Julius Randle here.
He's in the okay spot.
You got Kevin Knox, who I think should be down here deeper in the corner.
Then you've got these two guys just kind of crowded here.
This should be Mitchell Robinson in this short corner.
And Elfrid Payton should probably be out here somewhere, right? Get your guy out the play, because who knows? He made r.
J. Barrett May decided to come in here.
All right, get your guy out the way.
And if he does decide to come in here, he may have a lob to Mitch.
So what's the point of Alfred Peyton being down here in this area? No point at all.
Get him out here bringing his defenders straight to the pain for me to have another exactly defender.
Exactly what I'm saying that you know.
So he needs to get out.
Either have either have Julius Randle being this spot and Elfrid Payton be up at the top of the key or whatever it is.
But, you know, just better positioning overall, you know? I mean, and you took it.
Kevin Knox's defender back towards him.
Kevin Knox slides down to this corner.
Barrett can't see him. Who knows? So maybe he can.
But if he slides to this corner, his defender has no clue that he's in this corner.
Yeah, or should he or he should be in the position where? The reference.
Right? And then Peyton should run to the corner.
That exactly or Kevin Knox rotate up here and Peyton run to the corner.
But either way, you know that corner should be utilized, you know, it should be utilized.
And Kevin has got to recognize that this guy has got his back terms.
He has no idea where he is.
Kevin Knox could run around here and stopped right here.
RJ Bear, find them if you wanted to, because this guy has no idea where he is.
So these are things you know to help R.
Barrett to help everybody out on the team.
These players have got to recognize these things.
Okay, but we're talking about RJ Bear isolating on the wing.
All right, so right now you see him isolated, he's isolated, everyone's on one side of the floor and he's effective.
Boom, boom spent layup.
That's easy work for R. J. Barry.
That's easy work.
Spend back laid up.
That's easy work.
All right, you're gonna see it again Here.
And let's talk about again.
Let's talk about clearing out space, alright? Because Julius Randle clears out space and you're gonna see everybody on the opposite side of the floor again.
You know, uh, you know where they're at on the floor means something.
Even though even though they're not actually in the play where they are means something.
Okay, so you're gonna see, try toe, go a little bit.
You can see I didn't stop it in a good spot, but we'll keep it there, Right? Julius Randle kicks it out to R J.
Bear in that corner.
He catches the ball ready to shoot, and you could see him.
He's in position.
He's ready to shoot the basketball, but the defender's gonna close out good enough so that he can't get that shot off.
Boom! Fender closes out.
Now, you see, And and again, these things have to be done quicker, in my opinion, you see, uh, Julius Randle starting to fade out here.
But he's fading out.
He's not getting out.
He's got to get out.
Get out the way.
Move! Yeah, He should be fading out, not toe to the sideline.
Right? He should be, You know, like running straight to the middle court.
Yeah, so he ends up, like, over here.
But he's just kind of, you know, it Z not with any aggression, you know, he's just kind of fading out there.
Alright on, it's gonna But you already see where the defender closes out.
Defender closes out here, which is, to me is a bad close out closes out here and leaves that baseline wide open.
Okay, I'm not talking about the defense.
You know, we're not focusing on defense, but least that baseline wide open.
And you know R J.
Barrett? He's gonna recognize it, although he kind of takes him into the post first.
Right, But this is that again.
This is that wing post isolation.
All right, so let me go ahead and roll it.
And you see, you know, Julius Randle kind of hops out.
He should be going all the way back, right? Because he doesn't know where R.
J. Barrett might go.
Gets out the way R.
Barrett Post move.
Hooks him a little bit, is able to flip it up.
You can see one more time.
This time Bobby Portis is gonna find R. J.
Barrett on the wing and you're gonna see the same play that just happened with Julius Randle previously.
Well, Julius Randle swung into R. J. Barrett.
RJ Barry exploded to the basket.
No, no, not a whole bunch of dribble moves Or this or that.
The other thing.
He just boom, he's going to the basket, right? Sit.
Let's go to the cup.
Dumps it home, Right? Isolating him on that wing, man, I think, can be very effective for R.
Barrett because he is.
He doesn't play with the basketball, you know, Isolate him on that side.
Make you know, make the defendants have thio make make them have to adjust e I mean, I don't know how much you can adjust What? There's not much you could do.
And he's so effective in those isolation moments on the wing.
I don't know how much you're gonna be able to do if everyone clears out, everyone clears out toe one side.
Now, you know, we talked about this spacing and where players should position themselves.
I think that's important, even though they're not in the play.
It's important because the play could break down and you need to be in good spot.
Can't be bunched up.
You know what I'm saying? You can't be bunched up, so that, I think is going to be a key.
I think that's going to be a key, right? I really do.
I think there's going to be a key.
R J Barrett, Um, and what I think, um, Tom Thibodeau.
You know how Tom Thibodeau will use RJ better? Yeah.
And, you know, we still don't know how the roster is gonna look.
But if if tips would have a guy like he had in Noah or like we had a couple of years back in Kyle O Quinn in situations like isolating on the wing, RG would be also, you know, when the defender would read it right he could easily go back, you know, back door and get those slip passes you know, on Just have open late and just on the ball, right? We're not having any contact with the defender, you know? So so And that's gonna happen, probably with better chemistry with the teammates and stuff like that.
So we're probably going to see it later in the season.
But it's gonna happen. Definitely.
And, uh, I think another area is using R.
Barrett as the ball handler on the screen and roll in as facilitator.
And, you know, he used He used Jimmy Butler in the same same fashion right from time to time, especially when Derrick Rose was out.
Let Jimmy Butler do some facilitating.
You gotta have a guy who's got a high I Q for basketball to do those type of things. And I think O.
Barrett does have a you know, he has a high, high I Q doesn't mean you don't need a point guard doesn't mean that it just means, you know, in certain situations and certain times of the game you give it to get the ball.
Barrett and let him be the facilitator.
He can run the point for us for a couple of positions, right? Exactly. Way.
Have a problem with that, you know? And then go back to his role.
And look, he's been a He's been a kid who's been coached throughout his basketball career.
You know his his father, right? Steve Nash.
It went to Duke.
He's received some good coaching.
He understands how to facilitate.
He understands the game of basketball.
He understands how to use those screen and rolls, and we're gonna take a look at it.
Alright, so let's take a look at it. This is R. J.
Barrett facilitating and some screen and roll situations.
Okay, so let's take a look at the first one and again we all We always talk about having shooters, right? That's what we always talk about.
You gotta have shooters.
Gotta have shooters to create space shooters to create space.
Well, let's take a look at who's on the floor again.
R. J. Barrett is not a great shooter.
Julius Randle is not a great shooter.
Elfrid Payton is not a great shooter.
You got Marcus Morris and Bobby Portis.
They can shoot the basketball.
Okay, But you look at where this play is taking place.
Thes air, non shooters.
But if you do the little things right, you space, you know you space your body in the right place.
You set a good screen.
You have good timing.
You can still be effective.
Still be effective.
You see, Julius Randle was on his way to set a screen for R. J. Barrett.
See what happens.
Julius Randle comes up sets the screen rose off.
Barrett finds them.
Julius Randle knocks down the little mid range jump shot.
Let's look here.
Let's take this one back this a little bit because I let it go too much again.
You're going to see R.
J. Barrett and Julius Randle screen.
I'm gonna keep harping on this, and hopefully Tom Thibodeau does is well.
Kevin knocks us in a good spot.
Bobby Portis, get down to this corner.
What's the point of standing right here? All you're doing is closing up the lane.
Your defender may still stay here even though you go to this corner you're defending.
Right, But If you get to this corner, if your defenders now gotta turn and look to say, Where is he? Right? R.
Barrett already getting ready to come in here.
If you get to this corner, your guy either has to come to you or he's gonna stay with R J.
Barrett to help defend R.
Barrett and you cut to the basket.
Right staying here.
This allows him to defend you and R J.
Barrett at the same time, right? Because R.
J. Barrett gets in here and kicks it out.
Bam! He's right here.
So now he may get to this corner, but I think he should already be at this corner.
He should already be there because that's gonna draw your defender just a couple feet closer to you, right? Frank Miller keen the same thing.
I think Frank Miller Kina should be over in this corner as well now, depending on what the player is, Frank may be expecting a screen from Julius Randle so he can come up to get the ball or Frank may be ready.
Thio, rotate up top of Julius Randle rolls to the basket.
E think Frank, Frank, Frank was going, you know, on top three point line, because he knew that bar is going to drive left side off his, you know, getting the defender off him behind RJ is not going to affect them that much.
So So he's probably looking for floor balance as r.
J. Barrett comes here.
He's looking to come up, rotate up to the top.
So if the ball gets swung and can rotate around and frightening Latinos, right's exactly eggs.
So I'm gonna take that back.
He should be in that corner.
He's in the right spot.
I guess maybe he should be.
He could be outside the three point line and create a little bit more.
Definitely the thing three point line.
And if you know, I bet I bet you this that if Julius is gonna make a screen, he's gonna still leave a bit too fast if you're gonna notice it when you run it.
If he would stay a just a split second longer, he would give RG the bigger advantage.
E think they're gonna finish? Of course.
You know the playwright fish play, but still Yeah, yeah, Still, exactly.
If you're gonna notice it so? So hold on.
Let me get Let me go back.
Let me let me go back.
Do Did I look at this one on there. We look at you.
Gotta go for Yeah, I got to go forward anyway.
We're gonna play there you go. School.
Alright, so let's stop it here.
So and you could see he kinda you can already see it that he kinda touch the defender on the screen.
Kind of touched the defender on the screen.
Okay, so you know, you see him here right now.
It's not a bad, you know.
It's a tight space for the defender to get through.
You know, gotta gotta say that, R j, when you're trying to cut up a screen, you gotta just touch even your guy, right? So you don't leave any space between you and your your teammate.
Hey, leaves a little bit too much space.
So called the white can, you know, slide through through the right.
So let's play it And you see Julius Randle's able to come loose.
It's come back this a little bit you know, Julius Randle is able to get loose.
Barrett, with a nice sweet passed in between the two defenders, I think maybe somebody touched it.
Flicked the ball up a little bit high.
I don't know, but you can see here.
He sees it the whole way. R.
He sees it the entire way, as and and, you know, it's kind of a tight space has got to be a really good pass to get through that really good pass to get through there.
He's able to deliver that pass and boom, Julius Randle catches it, converts, All right, And then you're gonna notice here, Taj Gibson boom screen.
You could see Taj Gibson with a nice screen TV and play with that screen.
That was the split second screen that you don't stay with it right longer and let's see it again.
Boom! Well, he kind of slipped it.
He slipped that one.
But let's go back to the Oh, yeah, let's go back to this one here because he because he held the screen, he held the screen.
So you see, Taj Gibson has the ball.
Yeah, and O. J Barrett.
It's gonna come up, get the handoff.
And now you see boom screen there.
He's gonna keep him there, is going to keep him there.
Bang holds in their bam, right? And when you look at this, this is good spacing.
Look at where everybody is, right? Just just look at where everybody is.
Good spacing on the floor.
You're going to see Julius Randle outside the three point line.
You got a rebounder down here, you got? Who's that Frankie Latina? Is that Frankie Latina? Maybe frightening looking, whoever that is here.
Barrett kinda faded himself out.
The play, right.
He's ready to get back and defend just a case.
He misses the shot Good spacing out here.
And that's the reason why this shot is so wide open and he knocks it down.
Ban, you know, and you're going to see here, and this is not It's still off of a screen and roll, right? But he's gonna find Julius Randle in the short corner again.
You're gonna see good spacing on the floor.
You got Julius Randle here in the short corner, Taj Gibson setting the screen.
Marcus Morris outside the three point line.
Frankly, Latina outside the three point line.
This is good spacing on the floor, not great shooters.
You got three guys on the floor that can't really shoot the ball on.
Taj Gibson doesn't shoot threes, either.
Not great shooters, but still good spacing that allows the lane to be open for a pass to the short corner.
Right? So everything is not just about, you know.
So many times we say, Oh, we gotta have shooters to space the floor.
We gotta have shooters to space the floor.
It's not always that sometimes it's about a lot of times.
It's about where you space yourself as an individual on the floor, right, and and the coach has gotta discipline the players to be in the right spots, you know? I mean, and you're gonna see R.
Barrett comes off the Taj Gibson screen.
He's looking, it's watching.
Then he finds Julius Randle in the short corner, Bam dunks at home or lazy at home.
And, uh, yeah, man, I think Tom Thibodeau is gonna have fun using R. J.
Baird around the court.
Yeah, I mean, because he could do a lot of things right? He could post up. He could facilitate.
He could be the ball handler in the screen and roll.
He could flash to the basket, do a lot of stuff you could do that stuff on bit's gonna on Lee.
You know, his game is gonna on Lee, you know, involved.
Right? So he's gonna have that back to the basket move.
He's gonna have that, you know, facilitation in the in the mid range where he can just turn around and take a shot or, you know, pump fake someone and then drive.
So it's gonna be many options for tips there.
So I'm looking forward to see how you know, I'm just looking forward to see how it's gonna work, and and what they you know what they're gonna dio with? Well, R J.
Barrett, what Tom Thibodeau is gonna do with R.
Barrett? Um, yeah, man, I know they've They've been having open practices.
They've been having practices in the bubble, right? Um, or workout scrimmages? Of course, they've been having private, but finally, they have been able to, you know, have have group scrimmages and stuff like that.
I'm hoping we get to see some video from the scrimmages we've heard from Tom Thibodeau.
I think you said that.
Another video from Tom Thibodeau.
Thibodeau came out today.
So I'm going to check that out.
Um, I want to hear I want to hear some, uh, I want to see.
I want to see them scrimmage a little bit.
Yeah, I just want to see him play.
Look how they look right on the court.
You know, you're not going to see Patrick and, you know, then being that tired, But, you know, at least you're going to see who's playing with, uh, you know, spacing on the floor.
Like because he's with the spacing he's gonna start out from from day one of the practice, right? He's not gonna, you know, wait till everyone comes and, you know, in the gym and stuff like that, he's gonna, you know, like you said, pinpointed day one and tell the guys that this is the way we gotta do it and emphasizes though those those things.
So, you know, I'm anxious to see it.
Look, you know, I was I was on the show with Gamma, the other day and we were talking about R.
Barrett and Julius Randle, right? And you know, he just started laughing at me because he doesn't think that I don't want to say just him.
Nobody thinks that R. J.
Barrett and Julius Randle can have any kind of chemistry.
I believe the last few games of the season, you've seen them have some chemistry and I'm working on a video.
I'm working on a video that shows those two guys making some good passes to one another and starting to understand where they could be effective with each other on the floor.
You know what I'm saying? I think that they can work together and look based on some of these videos here when even though neither one of them could really shoot the ball that well, they could be effective in the screen and roll because RJ can pass the ball and Julius is a big body body.
When he's rolling to the basket, he's got to set those screens, not stick those screens so early.
Set good, strong hard screens.
You know what I'm saying? Uh, to make sure that RJ gets free and they make sure that he gets free, right? And if he does that, I think those two could have a good connection.
I really dio I think they could have a good connection together.
The only problem for me, Maybe not only I got two problems with that.
It's called the line of right duel That that is gonna be easy for the defense to read them.
Because if none of them is a three point shooter and can, you know, pop out of the taken role or the screenplay, that's gonna be easier for for the defense, you know, to to cover it, right? But if they if they do that solid screen that's gonna give them that split second longer just to decide what they're gonna do that's gonna that's gonna benefit both of those guys.
So I hope you know, Randall is gonna learn those screens from touch, and you can even see it in this couple of videos.
You just Shaw showed that the charges.
So the screens are maybe, you know, not even better.
Technically or strength wise.
There are just a little bit longer, and it's not because he know he he isn't looking for, you know, for scoring, right? Well, because when you when you put that longer screen, it's like for the guy that has the ball, it's not for you.
If you're slipping early, you're thinking that you're going to get the ball and you're going go for your points, right? Right.
So and then the screenplay is basically for for you know, if you're the screener you're supposed to, you know, do it that way that the guy with the ball is gonna have the advantage.
Not always you, right, Because you want the guy with the ball to get into to get into that paint and have the options.
Because when that guy with the ball gets into the paint, everyone has to collapse on that person.
And then he has the option to make this past that past almost like we've seen.
When, um with with Alfred Peyton.
When we see when when Alfred Peyton found R J.
Barrett cutting to the base, cutting off the baseline when he got inside, he had multiple options.
He could have went thio.
He could have kicked it out.
He could have went to R J.
Could have went to Julius, right? R. J.
Barrett was the best option because of what has defended placed himself.
Barrett had that cut to the basket.
You know s Oh, yeah.
You know, you gotta hold those screens.
I do think that Randall can knock down that elbow jump shot.
Yeah, both of them could do it.
Both of you can do it.
But, you know, it would be easier if, you know, you can make a step back way down way, you know, up to the three, because threat floor just just from that screenplay.
But, you know, still, if they're gonna hit the, you know, the elbow jumper that you know, the jumper that you know s****om are take that Melo had they can, you know, be a threat.
Like those guys in the range.
R J r j can hit it.
Object hit you. Now.
Now you're not gonna you're not gonna have You're not gonna use Julius Randle handling the ball.
Barrett Setting the screen is always for the I think it's always gonna be r J Barrett as the ball handler.
And Julius Randle has a screener.
You could get other times where Kevin Knox is the ball handler and R.
Barrett says the screen because I've seen I've seen Kevin Knox make a couple of plays when he was the ball handler and somebody, you know set a screen, you know, someone came up and said the screen and he was able to find the person, Uh, depending on who, you know, Whoever else comes to the team, you may have a four.
Maybe, you know, maybe a three who can be the be the ball handler while R J sets the screen and the RJ come off the screen for a little pop or maybe a roll to the basket.
Well, so a lot of ways to use R.
Barrett if I would see Randall and and RG going further skin, Uh, if I was the defense, I would already, you know, small, something fishy coming up.
So it will probably be random going down, down, down, way down the way to the basket.
That would be looking like that.
Yeah, but But as you guys can see man R.
Barrett, there's a lot that Tom Thibodeau has to use, and and a lot that he's gonna be able to do with R.
Barrett. I'm looking forward to see the way that he uses R. J.
Um, yeah, Andy, I appreciate the time, bro gonna head up, Gonna head up out of here.
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